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Alcohol, Illicit Drugs, and High School Seniors

Fifty-four percent of high school seniors have tried an illicit drug by the time they have graduated.

By their senior year, ninety-two percent of students in the class of 1988 had used alcohol.

Sixty-four percent of seniors surveyed admitted using alcohol in the month prior to being surveyed.

Thirty-three percent of seniors reported using marijuana in the past year.

Eighteen percent of seniors said they had used marijuana at least once in the last month.

Thirty-five percent of seniors surveyed reported at least one occasion of heavy drinking in the two weeks prior to being surveyed. (Heavy drinking is defined as an occasion where they had five or more drinks in a row.)

Seventeen percent of seniors reported that they have used cocaine at least once in their lifetime.

Eight percent of seniors admitted using cocaine in the last year.

Seven percent of seniors admitted using cocaine within the last thirty days.

Five percent of all seniors have used crack.

Of the seniors who used amphetamines during the past year, fifty-three percent reported having taken them at school.

Thirty-five percent of seniors reported heavy drinking, being defined as five or more drinks in a row, on one occasion.

Two-thirds of America’s high school seniors are occasional users of alcohol. New research confirms that even a few days of binge drinking can kill brain cells.

Alarming Statistics: Drug and Alcohol Abuse in Elementary Schools

Fifty-eight percent of sixth grade children report peer pressure to try cigarettes.

Fifty-one percent of sixth grade children report peer pressure to try beer, wine, or liquor.

Forty-six percent feel pressured to try wine coolers.

Thirty-three percent have felt peer pressure to use marijuana.

Thirty-two percent of America’s elementary school age children have reported being pressured to use cocaine/crack.

Twenty-six percent of fourth graders have used alcohol.

Forty-two percent of sixth graders have used alcohol. The number of students using drugs by the sixth grade has more than tripled since 1975.

Elementary children begin taking drugs to feel good.

Once they become dependent, they take them to keep from feeling bad.

Over time the use of the drug heightens the bad feelings and can leave the user suicidal.

More than half of all adolescent suicides are drug-related.

According to the Partnership for a Drug Free America, in grades 7-12, one child in five has tried sniffing fumes of legal household goods.

Among 12-year-olds, inhalants are the most frequently used illicit substance.

Twenty-one percent of all eighth graders have tried some form of inhalants.

Huffing is one of the most dangerous drug experiments children will ever try; it literally cuts off the brain’s oxygen supply.

Sudden Sniffing Death Syndrome is the most common cause of death from inhalant abuse.

Nearly fifty-nine percent of children are 12 years old or younger when they first realize their friends are using inhalants.

Seventy-seven percent of eighth grade students have tried alcohol, and of these, fifty-five percent report first trying it by grade 6.

Thirty-four percent of eighth grade students report having had an alcoholic beverage in the last month.

Twenty-six percent of these report having had five or more drinks on at least one occasion during the past two weeks.

Thirteen percent of eighth grade students report using a combination of alcohol and drugs on one or more occasion during the past month. Fifteen percent of all eighth grade students report having tried marijuana, and of these, 44 percent report first using it by grade 6.

Six percent of eighth graders report having used marijuana during the past month.

Five percent of eighth graders report having used cocaine during the past month.

Alcohol, Illicit Drugs, and Students

Restoring Broken Lives

Peniel Residential Drug/Alcohol Treatment Center